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  • Local shelter reaches out during storm

    “We’ll just have to wait and tough it out.”

    Offus Lewis of Mackville had that outlook on things Thursday afternoon as he and his family settled into the emergency shelter at the Opera House in Springfield. Lewis, with his wife Sheila and their two children, had been without power since Tuesday, as had much of the county. He said they tried to wait things out, but finally, decided to seek shelter.

  • Few crimes reported during storm

    On Monday morning, a tire tool was still lying in the middle of the floor at the Southern States store on Bardstown Road in Springfield. The tool served as a reminder of the burglary that took place there over the weekend, according to store manager Tony Hamilton.

    “They busted the front door out with a tire tool,” he said of the weekend’s burglary, which saw the store lose about $4,000 worth of inventory, most of which was in the form of propane heaters.

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  • Saturday school possible as calendar is reviewed

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It’s every student’s wish to get a day off from school because of snow. But behind every school cancellation, there’s a lot of hard work, and eventually the time off needs to be made up somewhere.

  • Kentucky Utilities customers now have power

    Kentucky Utilities officials reported as of Friday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. that all of their customers in Washington County now have power. Below are more updates on the status of local power companies and other agencies serving Washington County.

       Salt River R.E.C.C. reports just under 300 outages as of Friday, Feb.6 at 3 p.m. in Washington County.  They continue to have crews working in Washington County.

  • Ice storm cripples county

    It was a storm that caused more power outages than Kentucky has ever seen, and nearly 700,000 homes were without electricity as a result of last Tuesday’s ice and snow storm that slammed the commonwealth.

    Locally, about 70 percent of the homes in Washington County were without power for at least a short time according to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, who said he is also without power at his home.

  • Governor visits Washington County;Disaster aid requested, approved by Obama

    Gov. Steve Beshear asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for the commonwealth of Kentucky, following the devastating winter storm that has paralyzed parts of the state and left hundreds of thousands of  Kentuckians without electricity, water and heat.

  • Grand jury indicts four

    A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against four individuals.

    • Bobby Joe Barnes, 47, of Croake Station Road in Springfield, was charged with one count each of marijuana cultivation of five or more plants while in possession of a firearm (Class C felony), acquiring property/enterprise from income from drug-related activity (Class D felony) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia (Class D felony).

    Bond for Barnes was set at $40,000 cash.

  • Keeping the home fires burning safely

    As the temperatures continue to fall, the risk of fire rises as more people look for ways to heat their homes. With several house fires in the area over the past few weeks, fire officials want to stress the importance of safety in the home.

    When it comes to heating your home in the winter, the big concern lies with space heaters.

  • County may dump bulky item cleanup

    Times are hard in Washington County, and no one knows that more than the Washington County Fiscal Court. At their meeting on Friday morning, the court discussed the possibility of not conducting the county-wide bulky item cleanup this spring, which has been going on for the past eight years.

    “In my opinion, to cut down on expense, have people bring their items to the landfill,” said Albert Wimsatt, director of the county road department, which conducts the annual cleanup.